Facebook Messenger Updated – Tap For Free Calls, Timeline Views

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger, the standalone app for the social network’s chat system, was updated Tuesday night. The new version of the chat app, which also includes the now-standard bug fixes, adds two new features that can be accessed with a tap to a friend’s chat icon.

All you need to do is tap on a profile picture in any conversation in Messenger to view their Timeline on Facebook. The other option is to call them using Facebook’s voice chat for free.

Facebook Messenger on the iPhone becomes a free, easy way to stay in touch, letting you text and chat up your friends without any text charges, though you’ll still be using network data. You can check your messages without loading the time sink that is Facebook, add fun stickers to conversations, share photos privately, and even have group conversations with several Facebook buddies at once.

The Messenger app also lets you text your phone contacts via the Facebook system, even if you’re not friends on the social network. You can share your location for nearby friends to see, make free calls to anyone on your friends list, and even leave voice messages. Just like iMessage, you can also see when your friend has read a Messenger message, too.

Messenger is a fast, free and reliable way to stay in touch. It’s just like texting, but you don’t have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).

The new update gives you a way to drop into Facebook or a free voice call right from the Messenger conversation, simply by tapping a contact’s picture in the conversation view. When you do so, you’ll get a little slide up sheet that gives you the option to view that Facebook friend’s Timeline via the Facebook app, or call them on whatever phone number they’ve made available on their Facebook profile.

So, yeah, basically, Facebook is taking over the world, and now you can do even more within the two apps it offers for iOS. Spiffy!

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